The FDA this week approved Regeneron’s aflibercept (Eylea) to treat all stages of diabetic retinopathy. The regulatory decision makes aflibercept the only anti–vascular endothelial growth factor therapy approved for 2 dosing regimens in this indication: every 8 weeks or every 4 weeks.
During this week’s Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2019 Annual Meeting, researchers presented new findings on the utility—and the delivery—of bevacizumab in eye disorders.
Xbrane Biopharma, a Swedish biotechnology company, says it is starting its phase 3 trial of its ranibizumab biosimilar, referencing Lucentis, and also set sales targets for the treatment for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration.
Republic of Korea-based biosimilar developer Alteogen has reported that it has been granted a process patent for its method of producing an aflibercept biosimilar, ALT-L9, referencing Regeneron’s innovator drug Eylea.
Swedish biotechnology company Xbrane Biopharma recently announced that it has submitted its first national Clinical Trial Application to the FDA seeking permission to begin the Xplore trial.
This month, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Italy’s national health system can reimburse for the use of bevacizumab in the treatment of eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, despite the fact that bevacizumab does not have a marketing authorization for this indication.
According to the earnings report, aflibercept sales in the United States increased 7% to $1.02 billion versus third quarter 2017 results.
Swedish biotechnology company Xbrane Biopharma today announced that its ranibizumab biosimilar, referencing Lucentis, demonstrated an equivalent pharmacokinetic (PK) profile and equivalent tolerability to its reference in an in vivo study. 
A United Kingdom court has ruled in favor of the National Health Service, allowing the health system to provide intravitreal injections of the anti–vascular endothelial growth factor agent bevacizumab to patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 
The updated treatment approach will allow clinicians, based on individual patients’ outcomes, to lengthen the intervals between injections for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) who are already in the first year of treatment. That could mean fewer injections and fewer trips to the clinic for patients with AMD.

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